A resident anesthesiologist loses a malpractice case after misrepresenting himself as an attending
A patient suffered chronic leg pain and nerve damage after an epidural during childbirth. The resident was "only his fourth day of his rotation on the labor-delivery floor, and who had done only a handful of combined spinal-epidurals."
One cardinal rule during residency - it's always ok to ask for help.
Delaware will attempt to lure malpractice insurance providers to the state to increase competition and decrease costs
For a fee, you too can be named "Physician of the Year"
"To receive his award as 'Physician of the Year,' Dr. Rudolph Mueller learned he would have to make a $1,250 contribution to the National Republican Congressional Committee. He also learned he wasn't the only 'Physician of the Year.'"
Don't be a non-compliant, or non-adherent, patient
"Studies show that only about half the patients who leave their doctors' offices with a prescription take the medication as directed, according to the Merck Manual . . . Thirty days later, more
than 75 percent aren't following the treatment plan."
Thiazide-type diuretics remain the drugs of choice for initial therapy of hypertension
The ALLHAT trial has been re-analyzed by race, and the message stays the same. Cost for 100 tabs (more than 3 months worth) of hydrochlorothiazide: $8.99.
A Malaysian physician is facing the death penalty for selling drugs to addicts
They sure don't joke around over there.
Pfizer warns of 6% earnings drop in 2005 . . .
. . . which will cut into their 2004 earnings of $11.36 billion.
A patient with hepatitis threw blood at a doctor after being refused methadone
Videotaping births is coming to an end thanks to malpractice fears
Red State Moron, an obstetrician, comments.
Are surgeons liable for men who do not return for postvasectomy semen analysis (PVSA)?
This study suggests that over 40% of men undergoing vasectomy did not return for a PVSA.
Why lawyers object having a physician on a malpractice screening panel
"Lawyers argue that a doctor's presence on the board, if only by dint of having special knowledge, would prejudice the proceeding against patients. They want claims screened by a single judge experienced in such cases, a proposal that's anathema to physicians."
Again I ask, how are non-physicians supposed to determine what is malpractice? Perhaps I'll go ...
Canada publishes guidelines for wait times
"By increasing the number and complexity of the services they provide, doctors can maintain or increase their incomes even if the fee for each procedure is reduced."
This was said in response to the outcry surrounding the impending cut in Medicare reimbursements. What ignorance. As a physician, I only code what I see during a visit. I cannot magically "increase the complexity of the service I ...
Canada weighs free health care versus long waits
"Americans who flock to Canada for cheap flu shots often come away impressed at the free and first-class medical care available to Canadians, rich or poor. But tell that to hospital administrators constantly having to cut staff for lack of funds, or to the mother whose teenager was advised she would have to wait up to three years for surgery to ...
The President's push for malpractice reform is hitting roadblocks
"Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), a vocal advocate for the proposal, has tacitly acknowledged that the legislation will have to be altered, perhaps significantly, if it is to succeed. Speaking to obstetrician and gynecologists at the Capitol recently, first said he would consider many kinds of changes in the original bill -- including breaking with Bush and seeking a ...
A 74-year old doctor is HIV+ from a blood transfusion
The risks of transmitting HIV via a transfusion is one in 2.1 million.
A blind student earns his M.D.
Amazing. Medical school is hard enough for those with their vision intact.
Pharmacies are ordered to fill oral contraceptive prescriptions
"Gov. Rod Blagojevich approved an emergency rule Friday requiring pharmacies to fill birth control prescriptions quickly after a Chicago pharmacist refused to fill an order because of moral opposition to the drug."